tv frequencies in Italy: is the beauty contest’s stop real?

The Italian government is thinking about how it could restructure its Digital Television frequencies in order to boost public revenue.

DTT frequencies are currently assigned without a fee based on criteria set by Italian telecommunications regulator Agcom and the Industry Ministry.

the Ministry of Economic Development started a so called beauty contest procedure. A commission of experts appointed by the Ministry shall draw a ranking of the applications of the applicant broadcasters (according to higher or lesser compliance to some requirements) and grant the frequencies according to such ranking.

Actually, in the meantime, 4 appeals has been filed before the competent court .

Industry minister Corrado Passera said the current “beauty contest” could be reviewed, but in fact nothing happened since today..

Fulvio Sarzana
Studio Legale Roma Sarzana & Associati
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